Basilica di Santa Giulia

Bonate Sotto, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Giulia is a medieval former church in Bonate Sotto. Built in the early 12th century, only its apse area remain today in a short plain outside the town.

According to local tradition, it would have been founded by St. Julia of Corsica herself, or by the Lombard queen Theodelinda. It is mentioned in a letter from 1129 by Pope Honorius II. An abbey had its centre here, being abandoned together with the church around the 14th century.

The church had a basilica plan, with a nave and two aisles with three apses; the interior was divided into five bays, of which only the last one preceding the apse area survives. The area without the ceiling is now home to a cemetery. The central apse was frescoed in 1795 by the Swiss painters Baldassarre and Vincenzo Angelo Orelli.

Notable are the sculpted capitals, with geometrical, animal or human figures, while the residual exterior decoration include small columns and Lombard bands.



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Founded: c. 1129
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Claudio Bravi (13 months ago)
Fascinating place, rich in history and culture
Maurizio Besana (13 months ago)
Basilica ben tenuta.. complimenti all amministrazione
Domenico Rubino (2 years ago)
Sorprendenti e bellissime rovine di chiesa romanica, ben sistemate in zona cimiteriale, vicino al bel parco del Brembo. Visitabile a qualsiasi orario, è all'aperto. Affreschi ottocenteschi all'interno, ben tenuto e ben gestito, complimenti. Abside con piccola sopraelevazione di dubbio gusto, ma nell'insieme è notevole. 10 minuti dal casello A4 di Capriate.
Domenico Rubino (2 years ago)
Surprising and beautiful Romanesque church ruins, well arranged in the cemetery area, near the beautiful Brembo park. It can be visited at any time and is outdoors. Nineteenth-century frescoes inside, well maintained and well managed, congratulations. Apse with a small elevation of dubious taste, but overall it is remarkable. 10 minutes from the A4 Capriate exit.
Gianbattista Innocenti (2 years ago)
Cultural history, a basilica.
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